Tasman Red IPA | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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1,163 Ratings
Tasman Red IPATasman Red IPA

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.75%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of yesyouam
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Tasman Red is a crystal clear crimson ale topped with a thick, dense, light beige froth that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a wood resin aroma with citrus peel, fresh cut wood, grapefruit juice and caramel. It's medium bodied and smooth. It leaves the mouth dusty. It's quite bitter and it tastes quite hoppy. It's like grass and bread. It has sort of a wood resin flavor to it and no sweetness. The malt is hard to focus on here, but it seems to support things well. The bitterness lasts long after the swallow. This is a welcome member of the society of crazy American pale ales.

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Photo of wertschy
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of jmcgahran1
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep caramel copper colored with an off white tan head flowing thick go ahead and believe it babe, this is a big Samuel Adams offering. Aroma more layered caramel with hoppy adjuncts weighing in to add to the complexity I'm glad to see this in a 12 ounce bottle. Complex malt layers big bitterness flowing forth with each sip, I could probably reduce this and put it over pancakes and be just as happy. Earthy juicy grapefruit peel bits bitterness a bit over the top. Sticky sugars collide on the palate to create quite a sticky mouthfeel medium to full bodied even balanced levels of carbonation, with big residual sugars. Overall I a bigger brewers attempt at amber or red IPA, they need to take some notes from Founders.

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Photo of Yoda22
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of alk3kenny
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber ruby red color nice thick tan head with some staying power... creates a nice lace in the glass very appealing. Smell is slightly hoppy and some malts as well could be promising. Slight hop flavor and malty backbone... not really ipa hoppy but still pleasant. goes down easy but probably wouldn't want more then one of these on a hot day does leave a little hoppy stickiness in the mouth afterwards... Id probably get this one again if I'm looking for a decently priced ipa pretty good effort from SA.

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Photo of Mullinger1980
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams' Tasman Red Red IPA. 6.75 % ABV, all Tasmanian Galaxy and Topaz hops. And Gabby Hayes in a derby on the label.

Let's get into it.
Clear, deep burgundy coloring, creamy, tanned head, starts big,lasts long but lays low.

Tropical fruit aromatics, melon, pineapple, some berry, much malt sweetness. Low bitterness. Nice enough.

Tasting it: Mmm, nice and hoppy. Fruit flavor and malt sweetness return, with a lingering, while low, bitterness. Medium body, mellow mouthfeel. Caramel-y malt flavorful, a little roasty, with a toasted edge.

An interesting mix of malts in this: 2-row Harrington, Metcalfe and and Copeland Pale malts, Special B, Caramel 60, raised dehusked malt.

Much maltier than most IPAs. And less hoppy than most, too. I'd say this doesn't really belong to any style, properly, but it's not as if I care about that. However, it doesn't really deliver what I'm looking for, either.

Nothing too wrong with it, just nothing too right, either.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an Allagash flute on 4/27/12

The color if this beer is amazing. Deep crimson, copper and rust with highlights of tobacco burst brown at the stem. The head is a creamy in color and texture; it starts off slow and swoops to three fingers in no time. The head is slow to dissipate. Good retention and drippy rings of lace.

The aroma is modest on the hops; there are herbal, earthy, piney and floral notes. Toasted bread and grain notes make up a decent portion of the nose. Hints of caramel. Perhaps some rye and cocoa powder.

One sip finds the hops are deceptively mild in the aroma. Indeed, hops are the primary characteristic here, bitter and biting. Green, prickly pine all the way. Some citric crackle back up the pine. Toasted bread in a plump way. The smoothness of the malt is an interesting offset to agitation of the hops, so much so that is informs the feel of the beer. Resin stickiness clings to an otherwise languid, medium bodied beer. Hop residuals linger long on the finish.

Tasman Red goes down way to easy for me to have only one bottle. It may well be my new favorite Sam Adams. An easy recommendation.

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Photo of wmc0005
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of lpotter
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Jerry
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Acforster2
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of 40451
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of JohnnyMc
2.82/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is the 4th out of the Hop-ology mix pack.

Pours out a nice dark amber with a 2 finger slightly off-white head.

Smells of grapefruit, pine, caramel and toffee.

Pretty much tastes the same. Very malt heavy with the caramel and toffee, no grapefruit taste, but piney earthy hops.

Very well balanced, but not the best Red IPA out there.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nearly clear, dark amber beer with reddish highlights; one finger cream-colored head that settles quickly. Good lacing on the glass. Aroma of grapefruit and other tropical fruits; pine resin and spice; a hint of onion/shallot on the nose as well.

The taste is a bit more balanced; only moderately hoppy compared to the aroma; hops could be a bit more vivid; pine, grapefruit and tropical citrus are there, but there is lots of lightly sweet, brown sugar-caramel maltiness.

Medium body and carbonation, some stickiness, with a bit of lingering bitterness and citrus peel/oniony flavor in the finish. Pretty nice, drinks more like an imperial red/amber style beer.

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Photo of CHickman
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours red orange color with a foamy 2 finger tan head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly, leaving good foamy lacing sticking to the sides and rings as it went down; it almost looked blood red.

Smells of grapefruit, pineapple, citrus hops, floral hops, caramel, toffee, syrup, sweet malt, buttered wheat bread, light herbs or spices and then a sweet bready aroma that’s mixed with orange peel; the citrus hops are sweet and dominant, yet soft enough that it seems like orange juice was poured through a piece of bread as there was decent malt balance. Very enjoyable nose that was not too sweet or too hoppy.

Taste follows the nose with grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, citrus hops, floral hops, herbs, caramel, toffee, syrup, sweet malt, buttery crackers, wheat bread, pine cone, pepper and other spices such as coriander and cinnamon, and some earthy notes like peat moss. Juicy hops which must be the Tasmanian hops listed on the bottle are the star of the show, but there are enough grains and malts involved to make this well balanced and very tasty.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with a smooth feel that goes down easy, very mild carbonation, a medium body and a slightly bitter finish that trails with sweet citrus and light grains.

This beer was much better than I expected it to be and easy to drink, plus it hides the ABV very well. Definitely worth trying as the citrus hops were so enjoyable that I need to get another bottle since this might be a limited release. A very reasonable price point for a good IPA like this makes it even more desirable.

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Photo of rcatalano
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of jstewart1130
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of jaasen64
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Sam Adams Hop-tology mixed 12. Poured into Sam Adams glass.

A- Pours a translucent dark cherry amber with a slight layer of beige colored head. About average carbonation, bubbles fairly slow rising.

S- Hops, some malts, slight floral notes, and a tiny bit of bready yeast in the background.

T- Hops, lightly spiced in the background, barley. A little bit spicey, bitter, and lightly sweet aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied, average carbonation, very drinkable.

O- Another decent IPA offering from Sam Adams. This beer made a great IPA addition to the Sam Adams 12. Definitely not my favorite IPA, but easily drinkable and decent tasting. Decent IPA, recommend trying it if you can find it for cheap.

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Photo of Iowacraft
2.25/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of Reaper16
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served on-tap @ The Alcove, Tuscaloosa, AL into a tasting glass

Pours a dark red color, like someone splashed some cranberry juice into an Amber Ale. It's body is pretty clear, like most all Sam Adams beers are. Over 1.25 fingers of farm egg colored head.

There's some juicy grapefruit hops here. Not a complex hop aroma, but a reasonably effective one. The amber malts provide a strong (and spicy) backbone. It's a very average, by-the-book IPA aroma.

The taste is similarly by-the-book, but quite solid. The hops taste like pretty generic hops. Yeah yeah, I know, Tasmanian-grown hops. But they just taste like Cascades to me. The malt has some cinnamon character to it, a touch of potpourri. Tasty stuff, but nothing that is particularly impressive at this stage in the craft beer game.

I was pleasantly surprised by Tasman Red. Of all the limited SA beers I drank tonight, this was the one I was least excited about trying. And it ended up being the most solid beer of the whole bunch. It's trying to be the same kind of beer that Green Flash Hop Head Red is, only Sam Adams has made that beer better.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. Pours a semi-translucent amber with a loose, quarter inch, tan-colored head embedded with ringlets. Nose expresses an earthy bitterness on a malty backbone. There's also a hint of grapefruit rind. Taste follows nose; however, there's also some citrus acidity as well as a sweet, malty quality - not quite toffee, but in the ballpark. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a coarse carbonation and a mild acidity. Overall, not bad but closer to a hoppy amber than an American IPA in my opinion.

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Tasman Red IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,163 ratings.
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